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CamTrackAR Help Guide – 3D Tracking Software

Welcome to CamTrackAR! The only app to capture video and 3D tracking data simultaneously using Apple’s state-of-the-art AR technology.

Welcome to the CamTrackAR help guide. This article is meant to provide guidance on how to use the CamTrackAR 3D camera tracking software on iOS devices to track and record footage.

You can now download CamTrackAR version 1.1 on the app store


CamTrackAR help guide icon glossary

Building Track

CamTrackAR - building track icon

Means that CamTrackAR is gathering information from the scene in order to build your track.

Updating

CamTrackAR - updating icon

Means that CamTrackAR needs a moment to calibrate.

Tracking Active

CamTrackAR - tracking active icon

Means that CamTrackAR has enough data to create a good track. You’re ready to go!

Not Tracking

CamTrackAR not tracking icon

Means that there is not enough information in the scene for CamTrackAR to track. Move your iPhone around to allow CamTrackAR to capture more of the scene.

Reset Track

CamTrackAR reset track button

Gives you the option to clear the existing data and restart your track. Tapping the Tracking Status at any time will bring up this option.

Set Floor Plane

CamTrackAR set floor plane button

Means that a floor plane is not yet been set. In order to start recording, you must set the floor plane by pointing the green target grid on screen at a detected floor plane in the world and then press this icon until it turns green.

Active Set Floor Plane

CamTrackAR active set floor plane button

Is an indication that a floor plane has been set. Once this icon has turned green, you can begin recording.

Reset Floor Plane (Green)

CamTrackAR reset floor plane button

Appears once the floor plane has been set, allowing you to change your floor plane selection.

Reset Floor Plane (Red)

CamTrackAR reset floor plane button (red)

Appears when the floor plane has not been selected. In order to start recording, you must set the floor plane by pointing the green target grid on screen at a detected floor plane in the world and then press this icon until it turns green.

Add Anchor Point

CamTrackAR - add anchor point button

Allows you to position anchor points in your scene. Move the iPhone to position the green floor grid in place, and press this Add Anchor Point icon to drop an anchor point in your 3D scene. The more anchor points you position in the world, the better your track will be.

Please note that this is restricted to one positioning point in the free version of CamTrackAR. Upgrade for the option to anchor multiple positioning points.

Remove Anchor Point

CamTrackAR - remove anchor point button

Allows you to remove anchor points already positioned in your scene. Move the green floor grid over an already-positioned anchor point, and the aforementioned Add Anchor Point icon will turn red to Remove Anchor Point. Press this icon while red to remove the point from the world.

Auto-Focus On

CamTrackAR - autofocus on button

Activates the Auto-Focus feature to allow the camera to focus on your scene.

Auto-Focus off

CamTrackAR - autofocus off button

Deactivates the Auto-Focus feature.

Start Recording

CamTrackAR - record button

Begins the capture of both the video and the 3D camera tracking data.

CamTrackAR - stop recording button

Pressed when you want to stop recording. CamTrackAR will automatically export your files in multiple formats, ready to use in your post-production software of choice.

CamTrackAR - purchases button

Allows you to purchase an upgrade while in the app. Select monthly or buyout options to gain access to advanced features like export to After Effects, full export of raw data to Plain Text such as JSON (.json) and CSV (.csv), multiple positioning points as well as all future updates.

CamTrackAR - help button

Is how you reached this page! More questions? Contact our support team at fxhome.com/ask who will be happy to help.


CamTrackAR help guide – Step-by-step instructions

  1. Move your iPhone around to capture enough information until the Tracking Status is set at and you can see the green floor grid.
  2. Point the green target grid at a detected floor plane in the world and press the  button when you have the position you need.
  3. To enhance this track, you can add anchor points in the scene. Simply move the green floor grid into the position where you want to place an anchor point and press the  icon with your finger to drop one in the scene. The more anchor points in your scene, the more accurate your track will be.
  4. Once  is active and you’ve added anchor points, you have the choice of switching on Auto-Focus by pressing  or switching it off with , you can then pressand begin to shoot your scene as normal.
  5. CamTrackAR will do all the hard work for you, capturing your video and 3D camera tracking data simultaneously.
  6. Pressto stop the recording.
  7. You will see a popup that tells you which file formats CamTrackAR has exported. CamTrackAR automatically exports files to your ‘Files’ folder on your iPhone.
  8. If you would like to capture another track, you can press the Tracking Status icon and select , enabling you to start fresh.
CamTrackAR Tracking
CamTrackAR in-app interface with gridlines

Using the files in your post-production software

First, go to the ‘Files‘ app on your iOS device and find the file(s) that apply to your software of choice (see below). Transfer these to a folder on your computer, along with your footage.

ApplicationFiles needed
HitFilm.hfcs
Blender.hfcs and blender_hitfilm_importer.py
(The .py file is only needed once to install the add-on that handles files from CamTrackAR)
After Effects.jsx
(requires the paid version of CamTrackAR)
Plain Text.json and .csv
(requires the paid version of CamTrackAR allowing you to process the data in your own custom made programs/utilities)

In HitFilm

Go to the ‘Media’ panel > ‘Import‘ and import the .hfcs file. This will create a new composite shot. Then import your footage for a fully tracked scene.

In Blender

The first time you use CamTrackAR with Blender, you’ll need to go to ‘Edit’ > ‘Preferences’ > ‘Install’ and find the blender_hitfilm_importer.py file. This allows Blender to read the .hfcs files from CamTrackAR and only needs to be done once.

Then, all you need to do is import the .hfcs file under ‘File’ > ‘Import’ > ‘HitFilm AR Tracking Data’, and this will import the composite shot into Blender.

In After Effects (requires the paid version of CamTrackAR)

Go to ‘File’ > ‘Scripts’ > ‘Run Script File’ and open the .jsx file to create a composite shot in After Effects. Then import your footage for a fully tracked scene.


CamTrackAR tracking with markers and example model (tank)
Adding a 3D model tank to the scene using CamTrackAR and HitFilm
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Kirstie Tostevin

Kirstie Tostevin

I'm a writer, creator, and positive thinker! I've never felt more at home than in this community and heading up FXhome's Marketing team. Together, we're making the industry more accessible and the world a brighter place through fun content and incredible software! It's a great day to be a creator.
Kirstie Tostevin

Kirstie Tostevin

I'm a writer, creator, and positive thinker! I've never felt more at home than in this community and heading up FXhome's Marketing team. Together, we're making the industry more accessible and the world a brighter place through fun content and incredible software! It's a great day to be a creator.